“[Youngkin] won’t allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in the state,” Mr. Biden told a crowd of roughly 2,500 in Arlington. “What’s he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed?”
In this way, Mr. Biden lent his presidential stature to Mr. McAuliffe’s efforts to nationalize the governor’s race and tap into anti-Trump sentiment in Virginia. The state favored Mr. Biden over Mr. Trump by 10 points in the 2020 presidential election, though Mr. Biden’s approval rating has been slipping fast in Virginia amid crisis engulfing the Biden administration from the southern border to gridlock in Congress.
Tuesday’s rally marks Mr. Biden’s second stump speech for Mr. McAuliffe, who has welcomed several heavy-hitting Democrats to Virginia in recent weeks.
In recent weeks, Mr. Youngkin has focused on pocketbook issues, straying from culture war topics sometimes favored by the pro-Trump base.
Republicans shrugged off Mr. Biden’s rally, expressing confidence in Mr. Youngkin’s momentum.
“With an unprecedented amount of Republican enthusiasm, Virginians are ready to reject Terry McAuliffe and Joe Biden this November and turn out for Glenn Youngkin and Republicans up and down the ballot,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement, touching on Mr. Biden’s waning popularity.
“We all remember that Donald Trump said they were very fine people,” Mr. McAuliffe said. “And after all of that, Glenn Youngkin said that Donald Trump represents so much of why he is running for governor.”
The poll surveyed 816 likely voters in Virginia between Oct. 19-21 and carried a margin of error of +/-3.43%.
Mr. Biden follows appearances from former President Barack Obama, under whom he served as vice president, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Several Democratic members of the Virginia congressional delegation, Gov. Ralph Northam, as well as Lt. Gov. nominee Hala Ayala and Attorney General Mark Herring, who is running for a third term, also attended the rally.
A small group of protesters stood outside the rally holding signs that claimed Mr. Trump won the 2020 election.
A group of hecklers also tried to disrupt the event but were quickly escorted out by security.
Early voting is underway in Virginia. Election Day is Nov. 2.
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